Analysis: Autonomous Vehicles Could Alter Work Schedules

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Aug. 22, 2018—As autonomous vehicle technology slowly begins to take hold in the auto industry, analysts have begun to speculate as to how self-driving cars will affect consumers’ productivity. And, according to a recent Forbes article, AVs could create a unique option, allowing riders to work from within their vehicle while it’s in transit.

Analysts are predicting that, in the not-so-distant future, Level 5 autonomous vehicles will free up hundreds of hours per passenger per year. That reclaimed time could provide additional productivity that could have a significant impact on economic activity.  

Some analysts are theorizing that the increased efficiency and connectivity offered by autonomous vehicles will foster a “post-urban” society where a large percentage of the population will live in suburbs or exurbs. That begs a question, however: in the age of automation, will people be required to work while in transit?

In order to enable this type of transformative impact, AVs will need to be designed in a manner that lends itself to efficiency. And some automakers, like Audi and BMW, have already begun imagining what the interior of self-driving cars will need to feature to provide for maximum productivity.


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